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|Also Known As:||Sheldon Leonard Bershad||Died:||January 10, 1997|
|Born:||February 22, 1907||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... producer actor director|
This stage and film character player who specialized in Brooklynesque hoods and heavies, both serious and comic, in the 1940s and 50s (including "Harry the Horse" in the 1955 film of "Guys and Dolls") turned innovative, and highly successful TV producer in the mid-50s. Sheldon Leonard began his film career in the 1927 "The Overland Stage", but returned to the real stage until 1939. He then appeared in "Another Thin Man", continuing to act in more than 70 films through the 1970s. Among his better-known were "Weekend in Havana" (1941), "Lucky Jordan" (1942), Howard Hawks' "To Have and Have Not" (1944), Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), as the bartender who throws James Stewart out of his tavern, and "A Pocketful of Miracles" (1961).
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